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Sauk, N. Fork    Above North Fork Falls™ ©
Class IV+
1.5Miles
Avg Gradient 180 fpm

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Put In Longitude : -121.33824 Putin
Put In Latitude : 48.0929909
Take Out Longitude : -121.36788 Take Out
Take Out Latitude : 48.0979729
County : Snohomish Shuttle
   Gauge Information (Professor Paddle updated levels from SAUK RIVER AB WHITECHUCK RIVE at 10/15/2017 3:36:04 PM)
Gauge Forecast Height Current Flow Authority Physical Update
SAUK RIVER AB WHITECHUCK RIVE n/a 2.35  211 cfs  USGS - NWIS 10-15-2017 15:15:00
Minimum Recomended Level:  1500 cfs     Maximum Recomended Level:  2500 cfs 

  Access

Follow Mountain Loop Highway out of Darrington for about 8 miles and look for Nat. For. Dev. Rd. 49 and look for a pull-out for N. Fork Falls, 75 yards up the road from here is a pull out for the take out. SCOUT THE TAKE OUT.


  Putin Details

Put in at a clearing at the road, there is a class IV drop in here with wood in the main line, put in above or below. If you drive a mile up stream there is a section of class II warm up.


  Takeout Details

Take-out above North Fork falls. SCOUT THE TAKE-OUT! There is a class IV drop that is above a class VI lead-in to the falls, from below the falls looks good to go but don't be fooled. There is a trail to the base of the falls, cut through the woods towards the sound of whitewater and look for the class IV drop. There is a slow left hand bend with some class II-III in it above the lead-in, take out here.



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 A half dozen drops or so into the run one poorly placed log is lurking at the bottom center of the drop. drop is marked by 2 piles of wood on either bank, first drop I considered looking at. Left is clean, main flow goes center where log is. I barely made it over, lower flows would not be as friendly. Wood is a problem on this run. Scout when in doubt. Road is open as of 11/3/2012. - Posted by: water wacko on 11/5/2012 4:26:00 PM -  [Remove Alert]

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Features on this run

Feature Name Class
Where's Scott drop IV+
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  Other Issues

NF ROAD IS CLOSED. It's gated off at the Mt. Loop Highway and is scheduled for repairs. The road is planned to be repaired in summer 2012. Check out the road/trail conditions on the USFS website for updates.


Has a high potential for wood, is clean as of 06/27/10. Ran this in November at 2200 and again in Late June at 2200. 2200 from snow melt was noticeably higher and pushier than 2200 from rain.


  Fun Facts

This run is rated class IV+. It boats like class IV+ in a class V environment. That is to say that it has lots of nasty spots to get pinned or hurt. It is so continuous that a swim on this short run could go very badly. It's probably not a good place to start getting introduced to class IV, but solid class IV boaters will enjoy the challenge, and it's a good stepping stone into the class V environment.


   Run Description [Season: winter/spring]

From the first class IV+ drop the river starts off with some steep boogie water, and then the first big drop comes up, "wheres Scott drop". We scouted left and ran left, the right and middle would go, but the left is the most fun and cleanest.

From here down there is lots of good class IV boogie water, pick your way down and scout when needed.Taken individually,a boater rarely needs more than class IV skills to navigate this run. But the run is littered with hazards, from pinning on boulders to wood. There are also lots of places where a boater would not want to be caught upside-down. Treat his run with repsect. It barely falls shy of a class V rating.

There is a rapid that is scoutable from the road on the way to the put-in, there is a serious potential for piton/pin on a obvious rock at the bottom of the drop, in addition there is a monster log-jam on river right, and a log that obscures the line left of the piton rock (this log has shifted and is now leaning downstream), left is runnable but be weary of the piton rock. At 2200 cfs (snowmelt) there was a line down the left taking the piton rock and leaning wood out of play and a nice boof line down the right.

There are two island drops, at the second one run left or scout from the island. The right side has the steepest drop, but has a razor thin line with wood and plenty of opportunities to pin.

The run is short but took three of us the better part of 4 hours to complete. A quality run that is worth doing.



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